Few cars capture the zeitgeist of the ’90s like the BMW M3 E30 or Mercedes-Benz‘s DTM homologation-special 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II. The former is even rarer than its competitive German counterpart, loved by the automotive industry for its ability to throw every rule out of the window when it comes to designing and making a sedan. For this, ‘Benz produced 502 examples of a road-going DTM-inspired 190E that packs a 2.5-liter Cosworth inline-four mated to a dogleg five-speed manual transmission and a limited-slip differential. Now, number 473 is up for auction with Bring a Trailer.
It was previously featured on BaT in 2015, when it cost a handsome $175,707 USD. Times are changing however, and the Evo II is now worth much, much more than that price. Since, we’ve seen clean examples sell for over $200,000 USD, and another for just under the $200k mark.
This example is particularly special, showing just 11,000 miles on the clock and pristine bodywork and internals. Finished in “Blue-Black Metallic” over black leather, this car comes with the sought-after AMG PowerPack engine upgrades, self-leveling suspension, 17” wheels, an electric sunroof, heated Recaro front seats, air conditioning, and a Becker Grand Prix cassette stereo.
As per the ’90s sedan design language, you’ll find aerodynamic upgrades including aggressive fender flares, a rear window spoiler, and an adjustable rear wing.
As of writing, the 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II is sitting at $367,190 USD with just five hours of bidding left. Take a look at the car above, and find more on Bring a Trailer’s listing.
In case you missed it, take a look at HYPEBEAST’s retrospective on the fast, furious, and forgotten era of modified cars.